Tdap Vaccine for Incoming 7th Graders

All students starting 7th grade in August will need proof of a whooping cough booster (Tdap) shot before starting school.

California State law requires that all incoming 7th grade students get a Pertussis booster shot, called the Tdap booster, before starting junior high.  The Tdap vaccine can keep your child and family protected from whooping cough.  Students who have not received this shot prior to the beginning of the school year on August 17 will not be allowed to start junior high. 

We strongly recommend getting your child vaccinated. Getting the Tdap shot now will not only help protect your child against the ongoing threat of whooping cough but will also meet the school entry requirement for junior high. 

We want to make sure your child starts junior high on time.  We encourage you to contact your child’s doctor or health care provider now to schedule an immunization appointment.  Also, many local pharmacies offer the Tdap booster.  Some children may qualify for free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program. 

 If your child has already obtained the Tdap booster shot, please send verification to the school as soon as possible.